Tuesday, February 9, 2016
I get the sense that some Catholics think Jesus is asleep in the tabernacle in church up there behind the altar. They come to church with endless words of prayer, and petition as if to awaken God to their needs or wants. God is never asleep. God already knows all you need and all you want. God knows us better than we know ourselves. Why not come and rest in front of the tabernacle with only, "Your will be done." I think of the disciples in the boat when there is a storm. Jesus is asleep in the back of the boat. The disciples get frightened and wake Jesus up. "Don't you care that we are drowning?" they shout. Jesus, even asleep, knows what they need. He quiets the storm so that he can speak to them. "Do you not have faith?" he asks. What about the rest of us. Trust. Be still.